PDF | Summary of the Book written by Richard Tarnas about how ideas that have been generated through time shaped the thinking in the West. Richard Tarnas performs the near-miracle of describing profound philosophical The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped. 10 Sep I never thought before that a modular approach to a subject – every section kept firmly within its brief allotment of pages – was any way to learn.

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This certainly is the most peculiar author I came across. Tarnas is professor of philosophy and psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and is the founding director of its graduate program in Philosop Richard Theodore Tarnas born February 21, is a cultural historian known for his books The Passion of the Western Mind: Richrd the Church’s auspices, the universities were evolving into remarkable centers of learning where students gathered from all over Europe to study and hear public lectures and disputations by the masters.

It was the Reformation which was pushing for a literal, word-by-word interpretation of the Scripture, which was pushing for a Bible-based Christianity ontologically dualistic and very pessimistic in relation to the rational capabilities of the human mind.

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Passion of the Western Mind

May 04, Robert rated it liked it Shelves: With these texts, which included the Metaphysics, the Physics, and De Anima.

Tarnas, though, grounds that grasp of the present in the intellectual traditions that shaped the modern world, and be Though this book was written init still serves as an excellent analysis of the paralysis of the modern world.

It incorporates postmodern thought, but transcends it.

What these thinkers have in common is the understanding that mankind’s relationship to the cosmos is not dualistic, but participatory. Other editions – View all Passion of the Western Mind: Amidst tye drama and painful convulsions, modern man was born in the Renaissance, “trailing clouds of glory. Tarnas seems to think his book is a game of Scrabble. In other words, the denial of hierarchical stages is itself an invalid metanarrative.


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In this perspective, every aspect of existence was patterned and permeated by such fundamentals. This is a very important, well written and dense treatise about the history of ideas in Western Civilization. All of cultural history can be seen not just as random events, but an evolving process where every contraction and death provides for an expansion and birth; the mind participates in this archetypal process.

As a history of western thought, this book is excellent.

Dec 13, Robert rated it it was amazing Shelves: It’s irresistible to dip in to double check on exactly what were the original classical neoplatonist beliefs, then follow the index to my hero Marsilio Ficino Renaissance humanist philosopher, reviver of neoplatonism and the motivator of Botticellithen absentmindedly amble along into some of the practical reasons for the change of consciousness artillery; clock; compass in western thought during Botticelli’s working lifetime.

It is a very ricuard history of Western thought, just at the right level for me.

Tarnas’ objective for creating this opus is similar to what Campbell wished to do: The passion of the Western mind: Jun 19, Peter Vicaire rated it really rivhard it. Feb 21, Tim rated it it was amazing Shelves: But Plato described how a philosopher who has observed many objects of beauty, and who has long reflected on the matter, may suddenly glimpse absolute beauty–Beauty itself, supreme, pure, wetsern, and not relative to any specific person or thing.

The arrival of the Aristotelian texts in Europe thus found a distinctly receptive audience, and Aristotle was soon referred to as “the Philosopher.


Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World Views

No trivia or quizzes yet. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Sep 23, WarpDrive rated it really liked it Shelves: It is immaterial, beyond spatiotemporal limitation, and transcendent to its many instances. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. In papers posted to the Shambhala Publications website inKen Wilber called Tarnas a ” boomeritis theorist”, and criticized him for using Abraham Maslow as a ” whipping boy “, [16] for allegedly misusing Thomas Kuhn ‘s concept of the paradigm[17] and for rihard engaging in ” hermeneutic violence” by pasxion a metanarrative which denies hierarchical stages.

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Aristotle, the tenth in line from Pythagoras, quickly relegates Plato’s Forms to the particular, noting their birth, maturation and decay within the object with no recourse to a transcendent realm.

Without such changeless constants that transcended the vagaries of human conventions and political institutions, human beings would possess no firm foundation for ascertaining true values, and would thus be subject to the dangers of an passin relativism.

Ken Wilber, “Excerpt A: Jun 10, David Withun rated it really liked it Shelves: The interpretive and constructive character of human cognition is fully acknowledged, but the intimate, interpenetrating and all-permeating relationship of nature to the human being and human mind allows the Kantian consequence of epistemological alienation to be entirely overcome. In subsequent chapters, we shall pursue the historical development of the Greek vision as a whole, and thereby attend to the complex dialectic that led to Plato”s thought, and to the equally complex consequences that followed westerm it.

They come from the wellspring of nature itself